SA Green ID hoax: What you need to know about smart card ID applications

2017-11-21 08:55 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - When it comes to our precious identity documents, passports and visas, nothing is more frustrating than receiving the incorrect information regarding application deadlines and expiry dates.

Recently on Twitter, false messages have been doing the rounds regarding the expiry date of South African green barcoded Identity Documents.

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has dismissed the false message doing the rounds on social media claiming that the South African ID book comes to an end on 31 March 2018.

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"No such announcement has been made by the Department. We wish to make it clear that the green barcoded ID book remains a legal form of identification and will continue to be until such time that the Live Capture System is rolled out to all Home Affairs offices to enable South Africans to apply for Smart ID cards at their nearest offices," says DHA in a statement.

DHA plans to systematically phase out the green ID book and "consolidate the restoration, common citizenship, identity and dignity to South Africans". But no end date has been announced. 

How to apply for a Smart ID card

DHA appeals to South Africans to apply for Smart ID cards at any of its 180 offices across the country that are equipped with the Live Capture System.

SEE: Warning: Your passport 'expires' three months before it expires!

It has established a partnership with FNB, Standard Bank, Nedbank and ABSA to create an online portal where clients can lodge their application without visiting a Home Affairs office. To apply, visit the Home Affairs website and click on the eHomeAffairs icon.

Smart ID cards are a way to help deal with long queues at Home Affairs offices, as customers now have the opportunity to submit an online application and enter their personal details digitally, before walking into a bank, post office or Home Affairs office to complete their applications.

SEE: New smart ID card pilot project could spell end to lengthy passport application process

How to apply for your South African Passport

There are different passports for different people and purposes. While you can apply for your passport at selected banks, one thing that remains the same is that you will have to go to your nearest Home Affairs Office to complete the procedure. Click here for the full details.

NB: Travelling abroad? Check out Traveller24's comprehensive visa section here for US, Schengen and UK visa application details and more.

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